Monte Vista Elementary School

WatchD.O.G.S. Wall of Fame

WatchD.O.G.S.

WatchD.O.G.S.

We are thrilled to launch a WatchD.O.G.S. program at Monte Vista.  

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WatchD.O.G.S.Volunteer Calendar

WatchD.O.G.S. FAQs

What is WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students)?

 

WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. Learn more about WATCH D.O.G.S.here.

 

What are the goals of a WATCH D.O.G.S. program?

 

1) To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

2) To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and reduce bullying.

 

Who are WatchDOGS and how does WATCH D.O.G.S. work?

 

WatchDOGS are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at an official WATCH D.O.G.S. school.  WATCH D.O.G.S., a K-12 program, invites fathers, grandfathers, uncles, or other father figures to volunteer at least one day all day at their child’s/student’s school during the school year. The Monte Vista program is overseen by a “Top Dog,” Don Adams, a volunteer who partners with the school administrator to coordinate scheduling and identify opportunities for WatchDOGS to provide assistance at the school. WatchDOG dads and volunteers perform a variety of tasks during their volunteer day including monitoring the school entrance, assisting with unloading and loading of buses and cars, monitoring the lunch room, or helping in the classroom with a teacher’s guidance by working with small groups of students on homework, flashcards, or spelling.

 

What do WatchDOGS do (while they are at school)?

 

During the day, WatchDOGS may read and work on flash cards with students, play at recess, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with not only their own students, but other students as well.

 

Many school principals have reported that the mere presence of a WatchDOG dad dramatically reduces reports of bullying. On the day of their participation, WatchDOG dads are given a brief review of their involvement and they wear an official WATCH D.O.G.S. t-shirt with a disposable ‘Dog Tag’ identifying them as a WatchDOG.

 

 

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Our "Top Dog"

Don Adams retired from careers in the U.S. Navy and the civilian business world. This provides him with

the time to volunteer frequently at Monte Vista Elementary, where his wife is a teacher. He also serves

on the Monte Vista Elementary School Site Council.

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WatchD.O.G.S. Coordinator

Rebecca Smith, Monte Vista's Community Liaison, is the WatchD.O.G.S. Coordinator.